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Clashes persist in Gaza as Israel tightens buffer security zone

English.news.cn   2014-03-01 16:48:55

GAZA, March 1 (Xinhua) -- At least two Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes between anti-Israeli blockade Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers near the borders between northeast Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said.

With tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, Israel soldiers dispersed dozens of stone-throwing Palestinian protesters near the border area during the weekly popular protest on Friday.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Gaza emergency of the Hamas authority, said that one Palestinian youth was shot and lightly injured, and dozens inhaled tear gas, adding that the wounded youth was evacuated to a nearby hospital.

Ahmed Harazeen, the injured youth's friend, said he and dozens of young Palestinians found their bleeding friend and they tried to reach him and called an ambulance amid the gunfire.

After his wounded friend was helped into the ambulance, Harazeen continued the confrontations with the Israeli soldiers stationed at the borderline area between northeast Gaza Strip and Israel.

Harazeen is one of hundreds of young Palestinians who do the Friday prayers every weekend, and as soon as they leave the mosques, they would gather near the borders and demonstrate against the 300-meter buffer security zone that the Israeli army established near the borders with Gaza and Israel more than seven years' blockade on the territory.

They wave Palestinian flags, chant slogans against Israel and throw stones at the soldiers stationed on the borders.

Harazeen, the 20-year-old young Palestinian man, said he and his comrades sought to go closer to the Israeli soldiers who were well armed and the buffer zone security area. "We are carrying out peaceful protests and we face the Israeli soldiers without arms to tell them that this is our land."

"The Israeli soldiers stationed at the borders provoke us with tear gas and rubber bullets," Younis Abu Eitta, one of the protests organizers said, adding "the soldiers' gunfire and tear gas won't frighten us because we are doing an activity to send a message to Israel that we reject the occupation."

According to official figures of the Hamas-run Ministry of Health, Israeli soldiers had shot dead 13 Palestinians near the borderline area between Gaza Strip and Israel since Israel and Hamas reached an Egypt-brokered ceasefire in 2012.

The Islamic Hamas movement said that the establishment of the buffer security zone near Gaza Strip borders "is a violation to the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt in 2012, which ended the large-scale Israeli aerial war on the Gaza Strip that lasted for eight days and left more than 180 Palestinians and six Israelis killed."

Adnan Abu Aamer, a Palestinian analyst from Gaza specialized in Islamic affairs, told Xinhua that the Palestinians' popular protests need to be well-organized in order to achieve their goals.

The leaders of the weekly protests said that they won't end protests until they achieve their goals, which are basically practicing international pressure on Israel.

Related:

Two Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- At least two Palestinians were injured Friday during separate clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters, medics said.

One was shot by Israeli troops in a weekly protest in a northeast area of the Gaza Strip near the borderline with Israel, according to Ashraf al-Qedra, a Gaza emergency spokesman. Full story

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